1) Memorization is NOT the key for acing the USMLE exams. Continuous repetition of concepts, deep understanding of mechanisms and some basic "buzzword" correlations, on the other hand, are very important ingredients. I strongly believe that no normal human being can memorize even 1% of the knowledge required for the steps; at least I have been convinced that I am not capable of doing so. However, after 6 months (Step 1) plus 4 months (Step 2CK) of constantly studying the same things over & over again, answering myriads of complicated questions and waking-up & sleeping with the same aim in mind, one eventually becomes "addicted"!!!u seem to know the answers to a lot of questions and u seem to answer them fast too. what's yr secret? have u just read so much that u've practically memorized it all by now?